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Let There Be GWAR is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. GWAR fans will cherish this oversized hardcover book chock full of fascinating first-hand accounts and rare, never-before-seen photographs. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the “Dim Time,” when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague. This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR, the band whoredefined the meaning of performance in rock music with their outlandish costumes and intense theatrical performances. A GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. Let There Be GWAR takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band’s albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome. Bohabs the world over, will delight in the wretched world of GWAR through the pages of this, the most monstrous book since The Necronomicon.

 
The hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave-Pit Inc. the production company behind the band.
The book was compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman

 
Gorman began working with Slave Pit and GWAR in 1988. Today he serves as secretary, shop foreman, performer and visual artist for Slave-Pit. He began GWARchiving GWAR and Slave-Pit history in 1997, and this book is the result of that effort.

 
Gastman, the self-proclaimed “curator of culture” was the brains behind infamous “While You Were Sleeping” and “Swindle” magazines, has packaged over 3 dozen books for small publishers, curated gallery shows MoCA, the Corcoran, and countless other and has produced or worked on several documentaries concerning Graffiti or subculture in general.

 

For you Ultimate Bohabs, there will be a limited number (150) books hand signed by the members of GWAR.  These copies cost $100 and can be pre-ordered HERE.  They are expected to ship late August/early September.

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30 years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank!  Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!

What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR‘s  “30 Years of Total Domination Tour” is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence-the Internet! That’s right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet’s ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it. Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while “taking 5″ from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages…

 

“I’ve survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming!, Where is Baltimore?”

 

Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross.  The tour kicks off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY.  Tickets go on sale this Friday May 1st for all shows!

 

 

GWAR w/Butcher Babies and Battlecross

8/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater

8/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

8/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

8/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Kapones

9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater

9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen

9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City

9/5: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog – Befuddled Fest

9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys

9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea

9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live

9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb

9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

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As the craziest event of the summer draws closer, more details are emerging about the GWAR-B-Q including the first round of bands confirmed to play the event!  This year is an amazing milestone in GWAR‘s torrid history – 30 fucking years of death, destruction and rock and fucking roll! Such an occasion demands more than just a one-day party. The Scumdogs have set forth a slew of satellite events to be held across Richmond over the three-day weekend of August 14th through 16th. GWAR fans will be busier and more fulfilled than during any time in their miserable existence! And before you even ask…Hold your horses Bohabs, ticket prices and on-sale dates will be announced soon!

 

In 2015 the GWAR-B-Q will be nothing short of outrageous, a wet-n-wild orgy of hard music, super cool art, and delicious food. This year’s three day birthday bash will be held, horns high, Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231) in beautiful and historic Richmond, Virginia, the only city crazy enough to have produced the slaves of GWAR.

 

Legions of fanatical fans are expected to descend on Richmond to share in the celebration of 30 YEARS of GWAR! The event’s expansion to a full three day weekend includes the annual kick-off party, the B4BQ, swelling to two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, on Friday, August 14th. A new closing party, The Brutal Brunch, will be launched on Sunday, August 16th, giving destination fans an opportunity to check out the new GWARbar!

GWAR’s punk, rock, and metal obsessed followers will celebrate the outrageous antics and memories of the band’s 30 year history, and enjoy a musical lineup like no other, complete with a rare and highly anticipated performance from the Descendents, Down and The Dickies on THREE stages of devastation alongside breakthrough artists like Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, as well as hometown favorites, RPG to name a few, plus MANY MORE exciting artists to be announced soon.

 

Bohabs can receive discounts on weekend lodging through GWAR‘s partner hotels in Richmond. Information can be found at www.gwarbq.com.

As always, part of the proceeds of the GWAR-B-Q go to RING DOG RESCUE, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and preservation of the “Pit Bull type dogs.”

This is a birthday party Bohabs cannot miss… GWAR COMMANDS IT!

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